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BTP Pregame Predictions: East Carolina

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So how’s this thing gonna go?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 01 East Carolina at NC State Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2019 season opens up for NC State with a familiar foe coming to town in East Carolina. The Wolfpack and Pirates finished out the 2018 regular season facing off in Raleigh with State showing out in a 58-3 romp. ECU will certainly be looking to avenge that embarrassing performance in their first game under new head coach Mike Houston.

Can an East Carolina program under new leadership and with renewed energy upset the Wolfpack? Or will NC State - with new starting QB Matt McKay under center - not skip a beat and rise up to push down the Pirates again?

Back again this year with pregame predictions are the BTP collection of clownbloggers. Each BTP contributor provides their score prediction below, plus a quick blurb on their predicted outcome. Here we go!


PirateWolf

Prediction: 34-21 (W)

Comment: “O takes a bit to get going, but OL controls the LOS in the 2nd half, while D makes some big stops“


JEOHankins2

Prediction: 31-17 (W)

Comment: “The defense shows its talent & depth through 3/4 of the game, w/ short fields for the O. ECU scores late TD“


Omega Wolf

Prediction: 35-20 (W)

Comment: “Because...that seems to be about what Vegas expects and they know more than I do“


TheRealEssad

Prediction: 37-24 (W)

Comment: “First game jitters make it closer than necessary until Pack pulls away late. 2-3 smh plays still get through. “


Blane Beason

Prediction: 31-17 (W)

Comment: “A tight first half will have you pounding Old Tuffy’s at halftime, but McKay settles in and “Bam” breaks off a long TD.“


no23sports

Prediction: 34-20 (W)

Comment: “This game will be uncomfortably close for too long but a late TD by the Pack will seal the deal.“


Steven

Prediction: 42-13 (W)

Comment: “ECU is going to be better, so I like their chances of shaving a good 25 points off last year’s margin. “


AlecLower

Prediction: 38-14 (W)

Comment: “State owns the line of scrimmage on defense and Ricky Person has a big game“


BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 35-18 (W)


Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments!